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Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2044-1983
  • E-ISSN: 2044-3706



This article provides an understanding of complex cultural flows between Eastern Europe and ‘western’ punk music. This flow is investigated through examples of East–West interactions that take places within the punk subculture in The Netherlands. The article argues that these exchanges complicate the notion of mimesis of ‘the West’ by the rest of the world, whilst highlighting a continued structural inequality in this relationship. In doing so this article builds upon debates that appear in the special edition of Punk and Post-Punk, ‘Punk – but not as we know it: Special issue on punk in post-socialist space’. Drawing on interview data from fieldwork conducted in The Netherlands, the article highlights aspects of cross-cultural exchange: the circulation of political ideas amongst Europe’s left wing, the migration out of Eastern Europe following the fall of communism, and the political economy of punk as illustrated through bands’ touring practices. These aspects are situated within debates around the local/global in a punk scene, centre/periphery inequality in Do It Yourself (DIY) culture, and rhizomic forms of influence within cultural flow.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): cultural flow; Eastern Europe; global/local; punk; subculture; the Netherlands
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